Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


College of Education


Department of Education

Primary Advisor

Dr. Susan K Stanley

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Gollery

Third Advisor

Dr. Janet Deck


The focus of this research was to investigate the perceptions of efficacy and time invested in literacy coaching activities of Florida Virtual School literacy coaches. The study followed an explanatory sequential mixed-methods design which included quantitative and qualitative data. The responses of eight Florida Virtual School literacy coaches to an online survey were used to investigate how virtual literacy coaches invest their time and the perceived area of expertise. The researcher delved into five quantitative research questions. For the qualitative part of the study, the responses of four virtual literacy coaches to five interview questions were used to identify common themes regarding the perceptions of efficacy and success in virtual literacy coaching. The findings of the study were compared to the findings of previous studies of literacy coaches in traditional K-12 schools in Florida. The conclusions showed that virtual literacy coaches perceive themselves as experts and invest most of their time in literacy coaching activities that include coaching and coaching conversations with teachers. Implications for practice and further research into the role of virtual literacy coaches were made.